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Raise Some Summer Funds in the Sun!


Summer is here, and I have to say, I’ve never been so excited about summer in my entire life.  You see, I moved to Saint Paul, Minnesota, last fall. And, now that I’ve survived my first winter and the snow has finally melted, I am loving the Minnesota spring/summer weather!

Everyone is out walking their dogs, …

New 2018 Donor Experience Study Now Available!


Take a deep dive with us into nonprofit donor experiences and expectations! Our 2018 Donor Experience Study helps answer many questions nonprofit professionals have in these times of ever-changing technology preferences. We conducted this research to better understand donor preferences, as well as their in-person and online experiences. Then, we went a step further to …

Showing Thanks to Your Donors


I’ve no doubt, as a nonprofit professional, you’re thankful for your donors. After all, they provide the fuel that keeps your mission powered; your community, served. But, do you sincerely and frequently express your gratitude?

Nearly a quarter of donors say they were never thanked for their donations. That sounds impossible! Right? I suspect they probably …

Are Your Technologies Ready for #GivingTuesday?


True confessions. I’m not a huge fan of #GivingTuesday. I know. I know. Hear me out, though. I have two main issues. First, why do nonprofits have to go last … after Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Chances are good (or bad) your donors have already blown their discretionary income on tablets, TVs, sheets, children’s …

Lessons Learned from the Lexington Humane Society


One of my favorite things to do here at Abila is work one-on-one with a select number of clients. I enjoy really getting to know them, digging into their challenges, and working with them to overcome obstacles.

Case in point: Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work directly with the staff of Lexington Humane Society …

Are Religious Organizations Ignoring Donor Warning Signs?


Giving USA has been tracking philanthropic giving in the United States for 60 years. According to its most recent report from June 2015, more than $358 billion (yes, with a “b”) was donated to charities – the highest in the report’s history.

Of that $358 billion, $258 billion was donated by individuals – or 72 percent …

Differences in Nonprofit Finance and Fundraising Viewed as Positive


In the Nonprofit Finance and Fundraising Collaboration Study, 55 percent of finance professionals and 44 percent of fundraising professionals say their two departments are very collaborative. WOOHOO! Truth be told, based on the anecdotes we hear in the market, we thought these numbers were going to be way, way lower. However, roughly half from both …

It Might Be Time To Diversify Your Funding Streams


Our Abila experts have researched and crafted Key Fundraising Predictions for 2016 to help you gain a clear understanding of the challenges facing your sector in the coming year, and how you can turn them into real advantages for your organization.

 Below is a deep dive into Fundraising Prediction #1 – A Shift in Giving Models

 Giving …

Are You Ahead, Behind, or on Par with Your Fundraising Peers?


Every now and then a work project comes along that’s not only hugely insightful, but actually really fun. Abila’s Fundraising Advisor tool is that project for me right now.

At first, we simply set out to give fundraisers an opportunity to receive personalized fundraising recommendations for their organizations based on their answers to a quick, six-question …

Fundraisers: You’ll Love AUDC 2016!


The hallways, cubes, and conference rooms at Abila are abuzz with the talk of AUDC 2016!

The Abila User and Developer Conference (AUDC) is scheduled for March 3 through 5 in our hometown of Austin, Texas.

This must-attend event will offer 12 different learning tracks in Fund Accounting, Association Management, and Fundraising. Our Fundraising Best Practices tract …